St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan, who weathered months of controversy last year over allegations that he created a hostile work environment, has resigned.
The regional business and civic group announced Reagan’s departure Tuesday, six months after the Chamber’s executive committee decided to stand by Reagan following a review of allegations that he created a hostile workplace. Reagan has led the organization since 2012.
Anonymous letters sent to the board last year called for Reagan’s ouster and spurred an internal inquiry into the matter. Former Chamber Chief Operating Officer Beverly Estes also called it “a hostile work environment” under Reagan.
“On behalf of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, we want to thank Joe for his dedicated service to the St. Louis region and community,” Ameren Corp. CEO Warner Baxter, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, said in a statement. “We wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
Baxter also announced that Tom Chulick, the former chairman and CEO of UMB Bank-St. Louis and former president of UMB-Midwest Region, agreed to lead the Chamber as the acting president and CEO, starting March 1. Baxter said that the executive committee is forming a search committee that will identify a permanent CEO.